Creators talk about Google Women’s Day graffiti: 3D paper tribute to women around the world

On International Women’s Day 2020, we pay tribute to women around the world with a unique animated video. This 3D multi-layered mandala-shaped paper animation by guest artists Julie Wilkinson and Joyanna Horscrof from Makerie Studio, a world-renowned paper art studio, and animator Mario Mario from DRASTIK GmbH Studioin, Switzerland n Willam and Daphne Abderhalden.

This Doodle traces the celebrations of International Women’s Day and its significance to generations of women.

The black-and-white “petals” at the center of the Mandala show women in the world’s workers’ movement from the late 19th century to the 1930s. The second layer of “petals” depicts women from the 1950s to the 1980s: an iconic era, when the concept of gender equality was promoted and the social situation was rapidly changed.

Creators talk about Google Women's Day graffiti: 3D paper tribute to women around the world

The outermost “petals” symbolize women from the 1990s to the present. For more than a hundred years, the women’s movement has come a long way. Today’s women, trying to break the shackles, they issue disonance, the new, redefine the social image of women. We pay tribute to the modern women around us through this layer of “petals”.

Countless forebears have fought and sacrificed to achieve gender equality, and contemporary women stand on their shoulders and continue to push this mission forward.

They are women from all fields, industries, countries, and cultural backgrounds, who work tirelessly and united to pave the way for the future generations.

Happy 2020 International Women’s Day!

Creators talk about Google Women's Day graffiti: 3D paper tribute to women around the world

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Creators talk about Google Women's Day graffiti: 3D paper tribute to women around the world

Today’s Doodle was created by two female partners: Julie Wilkinson and Joyanna Horscrof, guest artists from makerie Studio, a world-renowned paper art studio, and DrASTIK GmbH from Switzerland. Studio animators Marion Willam and Daphne Abderhalden. Here, they share some thoughts about creating this Doodle:

Why does this topic mean so much to you?

M (Makerie Studio): As a female worker, our commitment to this Doodle theme is self-evident – we are honored to have the opportunity to celebrate this important day in our own way – because it is not only one of the thousands of festivals, but also represents the tireless efforts of countless women over the centuries. It is all this that has given us the life and the cause we have today.

D (DRASTIK GmbH): This mandololy presents a total of 35 characters, each of which was carefully considered and presented. From the “heart of flowers” to the outermost “petals”, this mandala guides us through different historical periods and depicts the problems women face during these periods. The greatthing we get from this work of art is that it reminds us of how women in history fought and changed to make our lives so free today. Without these women, the world today would be very different.

Creators talk about Google Women's Day graffiti: 3D paper tribute to women around the world

What was your first thought when you received this project?

M: Very excited! We’re all very excited – it’s a great opportunity to get a project that’s so exciting and meaningful to us.

Creators talk about Google Women's Day graffiti: 3D paper tribute to women around the world

In order to create this Doodle, have you specifically taken inspiration from anywhere?

M: We take a lot of inspiration from exploring the history of International Women’s Day and the root causes of gender inequality, and we see how the women’s movement has grown exponentially over the years. We want to portray how the freedoms that women have acquired are gradually expanding with the development of the women’s movement by reflecting the number of women involved in the movement at different stages, as well as the images of historical pioneers and contemporary women.

D: For 3D creation, simulating real paper effects is the most laborious task. Creating a 3D-effect “paper” mandala takes longer than making a piece of the same piece directly from paper, because the process requires a lot of computation to achieve realistic paper motion and paper effects. This mandala has three layers and presents 35 characters, each of which is dynamically presented in accordion mode. Our experience in 3D folding technology played an important role in making such a mandala: ultimately, by building our own 3D extensions, we successfully processed a total of no less than 650 vector digital “paper” layers.

Creators talk about Google Women's Day graffiti: 3D paper tribute to women around the world

What inspiration do you want you to get from this Doodle?

M: Hope for the future and a deep insight into the path we have taken.

D: We (women) have a great future!

Creators talk about Google Women's Day graffiti: 3D paper tribute to women around the world